When you find it difficult to adapt to a new culture, that is a culture different from yours, you may be facing a culture shock.
Although it can represent a moment of tension, where reactions of intolerance or discrimination can occur, it can also lead to assimilation, coexistence and healthy integration.
As a welcoming institution for international students, we need to keep in mind that everyone is going through a process of cultural adaptation.
Also national students who arrive at a higher education institution for the first time, new researchers who arrive in a different environment, technicians who start to work in a new work culture… may face a culture shock.
We therefore want to avoid and help resolve intolerant reactions and, above all, promote the healthy integration of all.
Integrating, assimilating or acculturing does not mean abandoning or losing the previous cultural identity, but promoting the construction of cultural and personal responses that fit the new environment.
Culture shock can be summed up in four sequential and cyclical stages:
Honeymoon phase – period when the differences between the original and the new culture are seen in a romantic, new, euphoric and even idealized way. The differences are exciting and interesting. It is common for you to be enthusiastic about the journey, the novelty, the unknown. We are with you!